A Veggie Tale by Janet Foor
The principal at my son's school called. No parent ever wants to get a call from the principal's office. He said, "Benjamin has been in a food fight in the cafeteria".|
"My son! No, no, no. My son would never do that".
"You must come to the school immediately", he replied.
A short time later, I arrived at the school to find Benjie and his 4th grade-teacher, Miss Adams, in the lobby. She had her hands on her hips looking frustrated. He had his hands in his pockets staring at the floor. She saw me and in a loud voice announced, "Benjamin was throwing green beans in the cafeteria".
To which my son said, "Mom, I was NOT throwing green beans".
The exchange continued with my son's unwavering denial to the claim. There I stood thinking to myself, "Benjie does not lie. He has never in his 10 years told me a lie to get out of a punishment. He is a strong-willed child, but when confronted, he comes clean and tells the truth regardless of the consequences".
While listening to Miss Adam's accusation and Benjie's staunch denial, a light went on in my mind. Assuming they were both telling the truth, I said, "Ok, Benjamin, if you were not throwing green beans, what were you throwing?
To which, young Benjamin announced, "Carrots"!
In a different setting, I would have laughed out loud, but it was obvious that Miss Adams did not share my sense of humor. I was relieved when the principal stated Benjie's punishment. He and the other students involved were not expelled from school but were banned from the cafeteria for one week.
Lesson learned: Believe your child -- but read between the lines. By the way, Benjamin is now 54-years-old and has eight children of his own. And of course, you know I put a curse on him that all his children would be just like him.
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